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Old 11-24-2008, 01:29 AM   #1
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Exclamation Type of Goby for a 29g reef

So after thought about getting a 2wd or aka signal goby the lfs i get all my stuff for advised against it for my tank as they need a lot of space to roam around in and do better in pairs rather than being single and die off from stress etc. Another lfs i spoke too said the same thing and suggested the watchman goby types.

Any gobies I can get out there that will do good as a "sand sifter"? I'd like to get a goby for that function. any recommendations/suggestions I'm all ears thanks again gurus.
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Not sure you got enuf roaming and sifting area for the sand sifter varieties. The bullet goby is awesome I hear, but they get 3" or so and might not be suited for a 29g.

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I had a bullet in my 29 and he did fine, and he was my fav!
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There ya go! An experience!!

How long didja have your bullet?
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I had a citron goby in my 29 for a long time. Great personality. It`s the yellow fish.

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Old 11-24-2008, 04:15 PM   #6
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But they're looking for sand sifters.
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You might consider some of the smaller Amblygobius, such as A. rainfordi or A. hectori.

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Tony, they don't sift sand.
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Sorry about that. I was under the impression they did, though not to the same extent as other Amblygobius. (I even checked a couple of books on this before I posted, as I wasn't sure from my own experience - I've collected A. rainfordi and seen them in the wild but never kept them.) There are a number of other smallish Amblygobius out there, but none seem to make it into the aquarium trade. There's even a 2.5"species of Valenciennea (V. parva), but again it doesn't seem to make it into the trade. I'll keep thinking!

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Hmm, now I'm confused. I just checked several websites and they each say that A. rainfordi is a sand-sifter. Given their small size, perhaps this depends on the size of the sand on offer - perhaps they need very fine sand to show this behaviour.

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